Edwardsville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 24,969 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Edwardsville is the 97th largest community in Illinois.
Edwardsville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edwardsville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edwardsville who work in sales jobs (15.50%), office and administrative support (10.24%), and food service (10.11%).
Also of interest is that Edwardsville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because Edwardsville has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Edwardsville lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Edwardsville is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Edwardsville people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Edwardsville, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
If knowledge is power, Edwardsville is a pretty powerful place. 52.37% of the adults in Edwardsville have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Edwardsville in 2010 was $34,088, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,352 for a family of four. However, Edwardsville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Edwardsville is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Edwardsville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edwardsville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Edwardsville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Edwardsville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.